"To and From, In and Around the town" Mae Hong Son Transportation Tip by riproy
Mae Hong Son Transportation: 13 reviews and 5 photos
Most tourists fly to MHS because of the convenience. Until only recently the one way flight was an incredibly cheap 375 baht. I understand that it is now over 1000 baht - more reflective of actual cost. In the past it was heavily subsidized by Thai Airways (Thai Airways was losing money on 90% of its runs in Thailand until recently. This was allowed as long as the monied runs Bkk-CM, Bkk-Phuket, etc. pulled in the cash. Since air travel has slowed, all routes have had to shoulder the burden).
All flights go to and come from Chiangmai, so you have to get yourself there first.
It is a 25 minute flight from Chiangmai airport as opposed to 6 hours in a car or truck, 8 hours on a non-A/C bus. The road is quiet scenic and mountainous but buses have to crawl along it. A/C buses take a different route - they go south to Mae Sariang and then east to Chiangmai on a route that is much less scenic but safer. There is a bus station on the south side of the main street, but unless there is a bus there, you might not recognize it - it's pretty small.
The town itself can be walked easily.
Small Suzuki jeeps can be rented at a few locations in town for about 1000 baht per day. Motorcycle rental are possible as well. Most are 100cc 4 stroke Honda Dreams. You can get get larger dual purpose bikes as well but they are a bit harder to find.